UPDATE: Driver charged in crash that killed 2 Minnesota high school students
ST. PAUL --The driver charged in a December crash that killed two Mounds View High School students made her first court appearance Friday, where a judge set bail at $150,000.
Rachel Diane Kayl bonded out about 5 p.m. Friday, roughly 24 hours from the time she was booked into the Ramsey County jail, according to the jail.
The 32-year-old Maple Grove woman was charged Thursday with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular operation for her involvement in the Dec. 1, 2016, crash that left two Mounds View High School students dead and a third injured.
Bridget Giere and Stephanie Carlson, both 16, died from injuries suffered in the crash.
A third student, 17-year-old Samantha Redden, was severely injured.
The three juniors were heading west on County Road 96 in a Chevrolet Equinox and Kayl was heading east in a Chevrolet Trailblazer. Kayl’s SUV struck the girls’ vehicle as they turned left onto Old Highway 10 on their way to school, according to crash investigators.
Kayl was driving the Trailblazer while en route to her job as a nanny at the time, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.
The Minnesota State Patrol reconstructed the crash and determined she was traveling between 77 and 85 mph when she hit the girls’ vehicle, the complaint said. The speed limit in that area is 50 mph.
In the aftermath of the crash, there were a number of memorials and tributes for the students, said Colin Sokolowski, Mounds View Public Schools spokesman.
Recently, Mounds View High School student council members volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in the girls’ memory. They plan to do so again at the end of May, on Bridget’s birthday, because her family indicated that the cause “was close to her heart,” Sokolowski said.
Bridget was a member of the tennis team, which donated a bench in her memory, Sokolowski said. It’s located on the tennis courts at Mounds View High School.
Kayl’s next hearing is scheduled for June 12. No attorney was listed for her in court records and she could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Mara H. Gottfried contributed to this report.